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Idylls of the King (Dover Giant Thrift Editions)
     

Idylls of the King (Dover Giant Thrift Editions)

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by Alfred Lord Tennyson, W. J. Rolfe (Editor), Janet Baine Kopito (Editor), Paul Negri (Editor)
 

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With Idylls of the King, one of the giants of Victorian literature turned his considerable talents to the chivalric lore surrounding a larger-than-life British ruler, King Arthur. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, cast his interpretation of Arthurian myth into the form of an epic poem, and his tales of Camelot soar to remarkable imaginative heights to trace the birth

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With Idylls of the King, one of the giants of Victorian literature turned his considerable talents to the chivalric lore surrounding a larger-than-life British ruler, King Arthur. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, cast his interpretation of Arthurian myth into the form of an epic poem, and his tales of Camelot soar to remarkable imaginative heights to trace the birth of a king; the founding, fellowship, and decline of the Round Table; and the king's inevitable departure. Encompassing romance, heroism, duty, and conflict, Tennyson's poetry charts the rise and fall of a legendary society.
"The Coming of Arthur" chronicles the victorious battle with which the king also wins Guinevere's hand; "Gareth and Lynette," "The Marriage of Geraint," and "Geraint and Enid" likewise concern tests and triumphs of love, virtue, and valor. The tragic tale of two brothers, "Balin and Balan," is followed by "Merlin and Vivien," recounting the wizard's betrayal at the hands of a femme fatale. "Lancelot and Elaine," a classic story of unrequited love, leads up to the grand climax, "The Holy Grail," followed by "The Last Tournament" and "The Passing of Arthur."
Generations of readers — both poetry lovers and devotees of myth and legend — have exulted in these stories "About the founding of a Round Table / That was to be, for love of God and man / And noble deeds, the flower of all the world."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486437958
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
09/16/2004
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions Series
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,301,868
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.73(d)

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The Idylls of the King 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Maddlebuggs More than 1 year ago
Hey guys! Well, I had to read "The Idylls of the King" for school, along with "The Once and Future King." Both of these books are about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. "The Idylls of the King" is a collection of 13 tales, which are written in Old English. It is hard to understand at times, but it is a book full of themes, and I really enjoyed it. The MobileReference format is beautiful and is is printed in the poetic, line-by-line style. Over all, if you are up for a challenging, yet good read, I highly recommend this. By the way, I am a 9th grader, and I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The wording and style is difficult to understand at times. Knowledge of the people, places, customs of the period might be necessary for clarity.
bibliophile101 More than 1 year ago
Tennyson was amazing and this is one of his best works. Ballad poetry at its finest. An elegant, lyrical painting with words...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This lyric poem/book was assigned for my high school English class, but was actually interesting and better reading than I expected. It challenged my vocabulary in a good way - not too overwhelming!
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Find another version this one didnt scan